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November 06, 2004



Oh, he's already chosen a different plan.

His middle school gives all of the kids a planner, where he's to write his assignments out. He's started calculating how much he should do each day before a long-range project is due, and he set himself a goal of having his book report completely done two days before it was due. While he didn't quite make it, he'd started writing it well before, say, the final night at 8 pm. And he was done the night before - at around 7 pm, if I recall correctly.

I didn't have to lift a finger and/or say a word...


What do you think he learned from this? Would he do it the same way next time, or do you think he would choose a different plan?


I was so glad to read your post. I've been struggling with the same thing with my 9-year-old. Seems silly, I know, to worry at this age, but a few phone calls from teachers do cause concern. I'm inclined, as you are, to let him learn on his own. And, like you, I'm afraid he comes by this disorganization/procrastination naturally. We're not the best example. We're trying, but it's hard. So I feel heartened to know that I'm not the only one. Sometimes I feel like I must be the only one who has to ask 10 times if the homework's done, only to find out a book has been forgotten.

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